This particular quirky quilt is a little vintage number I found in a charity shop a few weeks ago. It's single sized, unfinished and clearly begun it's life in the 1970's.
I think this quilt is quirky because it seems to have been made with a hotchpotch of fabrics that look like they've been salvaged from other things; maybe an old frock or two or perhaps some bedding or a table cloth. It's not going to win any beauty contests, but I like the way that some crafty soul has managed to create something thrifty and modestly pretty through recycling.
You can see all the hard work that's gone into this piece of patchwork from the reverse of it; I admire anyone who had the patience to hand sew this many little hexagons. I believe this is what is known as English Paper Piecing in the quilty world. Florence from Flossie Teacakes has a nice little post about EPP; she is a total goddess in the world of the sewing blogger so you should go check her out. I'm not sure what to do with it though? Should I/could I sell it on Ebay as is or should I/could I finish it off and keep it/sell it? Let me know what you think.
You might remember that I told you about my plans to make my first quilt? I very quickly got the strips of fabric sewn up but then didn't have any wadding, so it got put aside and I confess that I forgot about it for a long while. I've dug it out of the WIP pile and will finish it off in the next couple of weeks. (Oh yes I will!)
Although I should finish that strip quilt before I start a new one, I just couldn't stop myself from buying these super retro fabrics; they are called Rocket Age and are by Riley Blake. I have plans to make a cot bed quilt for my newest grandson with them based on the instructions in the Nicki Trench book, A Passion for Quilting.
Recently my current husband had some work shirts that had seen better days in the elbow department and it seemed such a waste to throw them out. I cut the backs out of two or three of the shirts and ended up with a good amount of checked and striped blue fabric to cut up into squares for the quilt. I should point out that he does not and has never to my knowledge owned a Star Trek themed work shirt! I like the idea of little Freddy (new grandson) having a quilt that incorporates some of his Pop's shirts; does that seem quirky to you? In Nicki's book, she shows a quilt that she made for her adult daughter that mixed fabric from favourite childhood dresses and bedroom curtains with newer quilting cottons. I love this idea and it completely inspired me for the cot bed quilt.
I hope to have Freddy's quilt ready for Christmas; I can't tell you how much fun it is choosing fabric to make things for him!
It's a quirky TTFN from Saucy Towers; have a fabby super duper weekend. Galx